March 7, 2012
Ponce, Puerto Rico -- St. John’s junior men’s golfer Pat Wilson claimed his first career individual title with 69-68-73--210(-6) at the Caribbean Intercollegiate at the Costa Caribe Resort.
“I was hitting the ball really well today, which kind of made up for the fact that my putting wasn’t great,” Wilson said. “Even last week in Arizona, when I had one of my worst finishes, I felt like I was hitting the ball really well and that carried over to this week.”
After his big win, Wilson received a congratulatory text from a former Caribbean Intercollegiate champion, Red Storm alumnus and PGA Tour star Keegan Bradley.
“I’m really proud of Pat and the way he played well for three straight days,” head coach Frank Darby said. “There were some tough conditions out there and he was able to respond to lead our team and get the first of hopefully many titles.”
Junior Jeremy Quinn posted a top-five finish for the first time this season with a 75-71-70--216(E) to tie for fifth. Sophomore Ryan McCormick tied for 21st with a 68-74-81(+7), while senior Mark Costanza shot 76-74-75--225(+9) to tie for 25th. Freshman Mitch Hadfield shot 73-79-76--228(+12) to round out the scoring for the Johnnies, who finished second to Rollins in the team competition.
Freshman Dylan Crowley, who competed as an individual, notched his first career top-10 finish with 72-75-70--217 to tie for seventh.
“A finish like this gives us a lot of momentum going to Texas next week,” Wilson said. “It was really windy out there and we all had to battle through it. It’ll probably be similar conditions in Texas and we’ll be ready.”
The next event for the Red Storm is the Morris Williams Invitational, hosted by No. 1 Texas on March 16-17. For all the latest news on the Red Storm as it continues the spring season, log on to RedStormSports.com and follow the team (@STJ_MensGolf) on Twitter. You can join the conversation with the hashtag, #stjmg.